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Architectural Archives Database

The Architectural Archives Database enables the CVAa to provide access to a wide range of historical records relating to architects and designers in Flanders. The database contains:

  • Records of architectural archives preserved in various heritage institutions within Flanders
  • Authority records of architects and designers who have played a significant role in shaping the urban landscape of Flanders and records pertaining to organisations
  • Bibliographies of related publications

The relational structure of the database links architects, organisations, archives and publications and reveals the networks that exist between the different stakeholders.
The CVAa has teamed up with ODIS to provide access to the wealth of information contained in the database. ODIS is a group of Flemish heritage institutions working towards the provision of a centralised access point for the study of 19th and 20th century intermediary structures in Flanders. Within this framework, the CVAa contributes records relating to the design of the environment.

The Architectural Archives Database is conceived as a window within ODIS. The search results are automatically filtered using the following keywords: ‘architecture’, ‘design’, ‘urban development’ and ‘construction industry’. Only the records that specifically relate to the design of the environment are retrieved and displayed.

The arrival of ODIS 2 in 2013 has now enabled the production of English-language index cards. This will lead to a huge increase in the number of records available in English and make the database accessible to non-Dutch speakers. At present, the Architectural Archives Database will continue to search the Dutch-language index cards only.

Partners

The CVAa would like to thank the following partners for their support and cooperation:

  • Architectuurarchief van de Provincie Antwerpen (APA)
  • Archives d’Architecture Moderne (AAM)
  • KADOC Documentatie- en Onderzoekscentrum voor Religie, Cultuur en Samenleving
  • Onroerend Erfgoed Vlaanderen (OE) 
  • Dienst Stadsarcheologie en Stadsarchief Gent (De Zwarte Doos)
  • Rijksarchief
  • Architecture Archive - Sint-Lukasarchief vzw